Moon Walk & Dinner by Ke Nui Kitchen


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The moon is a symbolic celestial body for Native Hawaiians. Mahina’s (the moon) phases often determined Hawaiian practices, such as when to plant crops. Waimea Valley, which houses an impressive botanical garden, honors Mahina and its significance to Hawaiian culture through a Moon Walks starting on April 3, 2020. 


“Our annual moonwalks are a popular activity at the Valley,” says Richard Pezzulo, executive director. “Not only are the walks a unique way to experience the Valley, but it is an opportunity for us to share how significant the Hawaiian lunar phases are and what they meant to the lives of Native Hawaiians.”

Regular Moon Walk admission is $10 and you may enter at 8 pm & 8:30 pm. The entrance starts with an oli protocol and safety instructions. Visitors must exit the Valley by 10 p.m.  

Dinner is catered by Ke Nui Kitchen at The Proud Peacock and is offered from 5 pm to 8 pm. The purchase of dinner includes $5 off admission to the Moon Walk. 

We suggest reservations be made no later than 6:30 pm if you would like to attend the moonwalk.

Due to the cultural sensitivity of Waimea Valley, we would like to offer important information for you to review before your visit.

Q: What time does the moonwalk begin?

A: The Valley opens admission to the Moon Walk at 8 pm and 8:30 pm. Both times will start with our Cultural staff doing protocol and giving you instructions for your safety. Once the protocol is done you can walk on the main path to the waterfall.

Q: When does the moon walk end?

A: You must be out past the ticket booth by 10 pm.

Q: What time does the dinner start/end?

A: The dinner starts at about 5:00 pm and goes until 8:00 pm when the moonwalk begins. The last dinner reservation at 8 pm will not make it on time for the last moon walk entry. We suggest reservations be made no later than 6:30 pm if you would like to attend the moonwalk.

Q: How much does it cost for the moonwalk admission?

A: The general admission costs $10

Q: What are the prices for the dinner?

A: Dinner is $49.50 and does not include sales tax, fees, or gratuity. The purchase of dinner will include a $5 off admission to the Moon Walk. Be sure to get a wristband from the host. 

Q: Can I just show up for the dinner or do I need a reservation?

A: Be sure to call. Walk-ins depend on current reservations. Call Ke Nui Kitchen, directly at 808-638-5000. 

Q: How do I make a reservation for the dinner?

A: You can make a reservation to the dinner here or call Ke Nui Kitchen directly at 808-638-5000 

Q: What does the moonwalk entail?

A: The Valley opens in the evening for people to walk up to the waterfall in the moonlight. Waimea Valley staff will start protocol at 8 pm and 8:30 pm. These are the two times you are allowed to enter. If you show up at 7:45 pm you will need to wait for the 8 pm protocol to enter. The staff is not here to provide a guided tour.

Q: What are the tours that you provide?

A: We do not provide guided tours. Cultural staff is here to open up the 8 pm and 8:30 pm protocol and give you instructions for your safety on the walk up to the waterfall.

Q: Are we allowed to walk all the trails we want in the Valley during the moonwalk?

A: No. Only the main path is open and available to walk on to the waterfall. For your safety, this will be the only path to and from the waterfall.

Q: How long is the walk to the waterfall?

A: It is ¾ of a mile (or 1.2 Kilometers) one way.

Q: Can we swim in the waterfall?

A: No. Swimming is only allowed during regular business hours from 9 am to 5 pm dependent on swimming conditions. Swimming in the waterfall requires the presence of lifeguards and life jackets to be worn at all times.

Q: How long will it take to walk there?

A: It usually takes about 20-30 minutes one way.

Q: Is it stroller/ wheelchair accessible?

A: The main path is paved but there are minor potholes that may be hard to see in the dark. Shuttles are not provided during the Moon Walk.

Q: Is there anything you suggest that I bring/ have with me?

A: A light jacket, insect repellent, and closed-toe shoes. Depending on the day’s weather a rain jacket and/or umbrella may be needed.

Q: Can I walk up in slippers, heels, sandals?

A: Whatever you are more comfortable in is suggested. The main pathway is only lighted by the moon, no other lights are provided. The walk is ¾ of a mile.

Q: I bought a dinner ticket, how do I get in for the moonwalk?

A: Please be sure to have your event reservation print out of your purchased dinner. This will show proof of your dinner purchase. You will be given a wristband at the dinner to get $5 off entry into the Valley for the moon walk. Entry to the Moon Walk is at 8 pm and 8:30 pm and you must exit by 10 pm. The dinner is located on the 2nd level of the Visitor Center at the Proud Peacock. Entry to the moon walk is through the ticket booth located across the courtyard from the Proud Peacock.

Q: I am not interested in the dinner, how do I reserve a space for just the moonwalk?

A: You do not do reservations for the moonwalk. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is not an option. All you need to do for the moonwalk is to show up at the entry times of 8 pm and 8:30 pm and pay the $10 admission at our ticket booth.

Q: Can we drink during the moonwalk?

A: Non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the Valley. We ask that you please throw all rubbish in the correct rubbish cans. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed in the Valley. Outside alcoholic drinks are not allowed at dinner.

If you do have any additional questions you can email us or call (808) 638-7766